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Regulation, Not Crypto, Is Broken

The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase, the world’s two largest cryptocurrency exchanges, demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of this new form of money. Enacting meaningful regulations requires a fundamental shift in perspective and the creation of a central bank digital currency.

NEW YORK – When the Venetian merchant Marco Polo traveled the Silk Road in the thirteenth century, he encountered not only unfamiliar peoples, but also new (to him) forms of finance. In China, he was shocked to learn that Kublai Khan had introduced paper money. It was lighter, easier to transfer and store, and more valuable than the metal coins packed in his purse. After returning to Venice, Marco Polo taught his fellow merchants how to use the Khan’s innovation. Even though some rejected the flat, foldable currency, arguing that it was no gold and never would be, paper money would change the world.